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India: Watch priest drink blood from goat's neck to honour Hindu god *GRAPHIC*01:28

India: Watch priest drink blood from goat's neck to honour Hindu god *GRAPHIC*

India, Tamilnadu
August 14, 2014 at 07:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of people descended on the Masi Periayasamy temple in the foothills of Tamilnadu for the 'Kuttikudi festival' to pay their respects to the god Periaysamy, Thursday.

The priest Kannupillai began the festival in the traditional manner, drinking blood from the neck of goats that were sacrificed in honor of Periaysamy. The devotees believe that the god comes into the mind and body of the priest and thus the blood that Kannupillai drinks is also drunk by the god.

After the ritual Kannupillai sat on the shoulders of the devotees and foretold the future of his followers.

The event is performed once every two years and draws people from across India.

India: Watch priest drink blood from goat's neck to honour Hindu god *GRAPHIC*01:28
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Dozens of people descended on the Masi Periayasamy temple in the foothills of Tamilnadu for the 'Kuttikudi festival' to pay their respects to the god Periaysamy, Thursday.

The priest Kannupillai began the festival in the traditional manner, drinking blood from the neck of goats that were sacrificed in honor of Periaysamy. The devotees believe that the god comes into the mind and body of the priest and thus the blood that Kannupillai drinks is also drunk by the god.

After the ritual Kannupillai sat on the shoulders of the devotees and foretold the future of his followers.

The event is performed once every two years and draws people from across India.

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